Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Special Education

Major Professor

Albert Duchnowski, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Karen Colucci, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Lise Fox, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Patricia McHatton Alvarez, Ph.D.


Positive Behavior Supports, Response to Intervention, Systems Change, Mentoring, Case Study


School districts across the United States are moving toward tiered models of service delivery such as Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Response to Intervention (RtI). A common practice in providing support for those initiatives is to develop leadership teams who are facilitated by an education-based coach. With a recent surge in hiring and transitioning of education-based coaches who support PBS and RtI it is increasingly important to understand the perceived characteristics of those coaches who are most effective at providing the social and academic outcomes associated with tiered models of service delivery. This dissertation will use a case study methodology and mixed method analysis to examine the perceived characteristics of effective coaches and the organizations that best support effective coaches.